DMX output is designed to remote control external DMX device from the timeline in the Pandoras Box Master, i.e a Manager, Player or Server. You may for example program a synchronized light and video show by including moving lights, spots and other possible DMX devices into the timeline.
If you, on the other hand, are interested in controlling Pandoras Box with a lighting desk for example, please read the topic covering the DMX Input.
For any DMX output the following settings need to be done.
1 - Connection
Connect the Master system to the DMX devices.
2 - Patch
All Pandoras Box systems ship with an extensive library of DMX devices. You may access all built-in DMX devices in the Device Type tab. Simply drag and drop the desired library into the Device Tree. If your device is not included, you may write a custom fixture and then drag your custom device into the Device Tree.
Select your device and patch the channel, subnet and universe using the Patch tab.
As soon as a key is stored in the timeline, the DMX data will be sent constantly. Only changes to DMX values will be sent over Art-Net. Resetting a DMX node will send all values at once.
As one of the most popular Ethernet protocols, Art-Net can be used to control multiple units with multiple DMX universes via a single Ethernet network.
To use Art-Net please make sure that the lighting system and the Pandoras Box system are in the same IP address range.
The first Art-Net specification demands a 2.xxx.xxx.xxx IP address, the most common used subnet mask is 255.0.0.0 . Pandoras Box is still tied to this specification when working with DMX fixtures (i.e. sending Art-Net data). If you are working witch matrix patches, you may address a different IP range there. Since version 5.3 the IP address does not necessarily need to be in the 2.x.x.x range to be able to receive Art-Net.
To enable Art-Net within a Pandoras Box Master system, please activate the Art-Net Mode in the Configuration tab.
DMX output via USB is supplied by the DMX Link USB interface cable. To enable it, press the output button "DMX via USB" in the Configuration tab.
Please be aware that a single USB DMX interface will allow you to control a maximum of 512 DMX channels on subnet 0 and universe 0.
The DMX link 8 converts up to 10 DMX universes to Ethernet (Art-Net protocol). Backwards, 8 DMX universes can be converted from Art-Net to DMX.
Please see the DMX Link 8 Device Manual for further information.